>> Four months after decisive election defeat and France's National Front is in further chaos. Its far right leader Marine Le Pen watching her second in command resign and bash her in the national media, possibly opening the way for a split in the party and a rebranding for the controversial group.
Le Pen and her deputy, Florian Philippot, have fallen out over their stances on France's relationship with the European Union. For years, Le Pen has defended Philippot's anti-Euro and protectionist line against critics within the party. But recently, she has distanced herself from his view, focusing instead on the party's anti-immigration roots.
>> Someone told me I was the Vice-President of nothing. Listen, I'm not into being ridiculed, I'm not into have nothing to do. So yes, of course, I am quitting the National Front.>> That hardline stance against the EU, where France is one of the biggest players, is believed to one of the policies that hurt National Front the most in the last election.
As Reuters Ingrid Melander explains, a potential split could be good for the party's leader.>> Because
] presidential elections second round was such a disappointment, she also has to find a reason, an explanation as to why it happened and a way to move forward. It's also a way for her to turn a page and move onto something different.
>> That could include relaxing the party's policy on the euro, which might in turn help forge alliances with other French right-wing politicians. The party has given itself until March to rebrand in preparation for the next presidential race in 2022.